New Delhi: The ITO-Kashmere Gate ‘Heritage Line’ of Delhi Metro has received safety clearance, paving the way for its long-awaited commercial launch. The Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) gave the clearance following an inspection of the 5.17-km-long corridor on May 22-23, a DMRC official said. “The line will be opened very soon, possibly this week. We will shortly announce the date,” the official said.
With the launch, metro will make a major foray into old Delhi or the ‘Walled City’, with three stations– Delhi Gate, Jama Masjid and Red Fort. The new line, which is essentially an extension of the Violet Line that runs between Faridabad and ITO presently, will take considerable load off the Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar stations of Yellow Line.
Once the section is launched, residents of the densely- populated area, made up of areas in and around the Mughal seat of power ‘Shahjahanabad’, will have direct access to commercial centres such as Connaught Place, Janpath, offices in Central Secretariat, and the satellite town of Faridabad.
‘Shahjahanabad’, with the Red Fort as its crowning glory, was founded by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the mid 17th century.